Merton Council saw Mitcham’s clock tower restored to its former Victorian splendour as the faithfully restored lamps were re-installed today.
Refurbishment of Mitcham’s iconic clock tower is part of the council’s Rediscover Mitcham project and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The clock was built in 1898 to mark Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and it is thought the lanterns were removed in World War II.
Restoration was completed by specialist clock makers Gillett & Johnson. The restored clock tower now includes a drinking fountain at the base, electric lanterns to illuminate the clock face, and a new weather vane.
Over the next few days, the council will be fixing small plaques to the benches surrounding the clock tower which will display local history facts and tell the tale of the clock tower’s heritage.
Merton Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, environment and housing Councillor Martin Whelton, said: “The clock tower is an enduring symbol for Mitcham and has been a constant in the town centre throughout the town’s history. It’s wonderful to see the hard work of many people result in a much-improved town centre with the new clock tower gardens. Now, Mitcham has a town centre that can be enjoyed by everyone.”